Concerned about mosquitoes, tree risk and keeping people safe? Our College Canopy Conference addresses these topics and more.

At this year’s College Canopy Conference on September 12 at Clayton State University in Morrow,  Dr. Graeme Lockaby, Research Professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Science at Auburn University, will report on how changing landscapes affect human risk to such illnesses as West Nile Virus. Rosmarie Kelly, Ph.D., MPH, Vector-Borne & Zoonotic Diseases Team for the Environmental Health Section of the Georgia Department of Public Health, will speak on emerging threats and the best practices in preventing mosquito-borne illnesses such as the West Nile and Zika viruses in urban settings, which include college campuses.  We’ll also learn about campus sustainability, best practices for treecare and campus communication; tree risk assessment and keeping people safe; establishing a butterfly garden, pollinator garden, or arboretum; and specific challenges for treecare on college campuses.  We’ll enjoy an interesting trail walk and talk through this lovely campus, including their QR-coded tree plantings,Spivey Hall, the Butterfly Garden,the Pollinator Garden, and Lakeview Discovery and Science Center, which is Georgia Peach Belt Green Building Certified. Lunch included.  4.75 ISA CEUs available. Forestry continuing education hours applied for. Certificate of Professional Development available for landscape architects and others.  See agenda here.  Register here.  This conference is geared toward those who manage campus trees, but all are welcomed to register. Clayton State University is located at 2000 Clayton State Boulevard.  The conference will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education.Eventbrite - GUFC College Canopy Conference

GUFC Annual Conference set for November 8 & 9 at Callaway Gardens

Don’t miss the 27th Annual GUFC Conference and Awards Program, “Soil Health and Sustainable Urban Tree Planting,” November 8 and 9 at the Callaway Gardens Lodge Conference Center.  Keynote speakers include author Jill Jonnes (Urban Forests:  A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape), Dr. Larry Morris, Professor of Forest Soils at the University of Georgia, and Mac Callaham, USDA Research Ecologist and Adjunct Professor at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia; and Shane Carpani of GreenBlue Urban, Ontario, Canada/Philadelphia, PA.  We’ll hear informative talks on Components of Soil Health: Essential Physical, Chemical and Microbial Conditions; Sustainable Urban Tree Planting and the Benefits of Healthy Trees in our Cities; and The Ecology of Earthworms and Selected Fauna: their role in soils and interactions between native species and non-native species.   Breakout sessions will cover issues such as Beneficial Insects in the City, Urban Soils, City Tree Selection, Tree Ordinances, and much more.  Tours will include the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and hands-on experience evaluating trees.  The awards luncheon allows everyone to see the best of the best in urban forestry projects across the state.   All room guests have admission into the Gardens.

Eventbrite - GUFC Annual Conference and Awards Program - Callaway Gardens

Purchase your registration tickets with the orange button above, and remember that lodging is a separate fee.  The lodging rate for conference attendees is $139 per night, and the number to call is listed on the ticket reservation page.

CEUs:  10 CEUs for ISA-certified arborists.

SAF Forestry Continuing Education hours applied for.  Certificate of Professional Development available for landscape architects and others.

Arborist Certification Review Course in Grayson Sept. 19 & 20

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborists Gretchen Musser and Rob Swanson on September 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (both days), at the Grayson Senior Center, 485 Grayson Parkway, Grayson, Georgia  30017 (behind City Hall). Gretchen and Rob will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees. REGISTRATION FEE: $100 GUFC members; $115 non-members (Lunch and refreshments provided on both days.) STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam. The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at www.isa-arbor.com and www.amazon.com. An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam. SCHOLARSHIPS:The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists. Download scholarship form at here. Scholarship application must be approved by the Georgia Forestry Commission before registering for the class. CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: 15.25 ISA CEU hours will be available for certified arborists taking the class as a refresher course. Lunch is included on both days. Questions? Call Mary Lynne Beckley at 470-210-5900 or e-mail her at marylynne@gufc.org
Eventbrite - Arborist Certification Review Class in Grayson, GA

Hurricane, tornadoes devastated South Georgia communities. Let’s help them restore their tree canopy. Learn how by watching this video.

 We need your help.

On October 7 and 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew pounded Georgia coastal counties. In January, 2017, 41 confirmed tornadoes struck the state of Georgia in one 36-hour period. The south Georgia area was especially devastated. To help restore the many environmental, economic, and social health benefits that trees provide in storm-struck Georgia communities, the Georgia Urban Forest Council, in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission, established the Georgia ReLeaf program to bring urban forests back to life by planting trees in public areas such as parks, schools, main streets, and business districts.  Click here or on the above image to watch our new video explaining our current endeavors in South Georgia and donate what you can to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Georgia ReLeaf fundraising drive to restore tree canopy in these communities.100% of funds raised will go directly to providing trees to these towns and cities, and donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you!

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